Oct 7, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13) in the dugout before playing the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the National League divisional series at PNC Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates' Clint Hurdle wins NL Manager of the Year

Pittsburgh Pirates head honcho Clint Hurdle has been named National League Manager of the Year, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly finished second in the voting and Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez finished third.

Hurdle led the Pirates to a 94-68 record in the National League Central in 2013 and an NL Wild Card Game victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Pittsburgh lost the National League Division Series 3-2 to the eventual NL champion St. Louis Cardinals.

2013 marked the first time since 1992 that a Pittsburgh Pirates team competed in the postseason.

Hurdle was hired to manage the Pirates starting in the 2011 season where he led them to a 72-90 record in his first season.

2012 saw a slight improvement to 79-83, but the big breakthrough came this season.  Pittsburgh won 15 more games and made the playoffs for the first time in 21 years.

Hurdle managed the Colorado Rockies from 2002 to 2009 where he helped them to an NL Pennant in 2007.

He holds a winning record with the Pirates (245-241) and went 534-625 in his 8 seasons with the Rockies.

Hurdle finished 3rd in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2007 and 6th in 2011 in his first year with the Pirates.

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